What Does BREXIT Mean For Washington Ag?

With BREXIT looming around the corner, could Washington’s Ag community benefit with new and expanded trade opportunities?  That’s a question Washington state Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison looked to answer during a recent trip to London.   Sandison recently joined several other American Ag representatives for a tour of the U.K., to see what […]

NFU Reacts to Farm Workforce Modernization Act

On Wednesday, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and a host of other lawmakers introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.  Supporters of the legislation say it will streamline the hiring process for farmers, and provide a path to citizenship for workers who have been in the U.S. for at least two years.   The National Farmers Union […]

Northwest Producers Reminded Of Upcoming MFP Deadline

It may the first day of November, but the FSA is reminding growers to look ahead to December.  Farm Service Agency offices across the Northwest are reminding producers that the deadline to apply for Market Facilitation Program funding is December 6th.  MFP is a USDA program to help farmers hurt by trade retaliation.  Up to […]

Greenhouse Remains Top Commodity In Oregon

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Greenhouse and nursery products remain supreme n the Beaver Sate.  Figures compiled by ODA, Oregon State University and NASS, show greenhouse and nursery products had an annual value of nearly a billion dollars in 2018.  Not only did the sector see a sizeable year over year increase, but […]

Farm Bankruptcies up 24% Since Trade War Started

Farm bankruptcies are at the highest level seen since 2011.  Data compiled by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows farm bankruptcies surged 24% since the trade with China began.  For the 12-month period ending September 2019, Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies totaled 580 filings, the highest level since 676 filings in 2011.   AFBF Chief Economist […]

How Will Chile Unrest Impact U.S. Trade with China?

Riots and demonstrations in Chile this week have caused Chilean official to cancel Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit meetings that were scheduled for last this month.  It was at that meeting President Trump said he planned to meet with his Chinese counterpart to perhaps finalize the Phase One trade agreement with China.   Will this impact […]

NCBA Happy With Hours Of Service Legislation Introduced in Congress

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is pleased with bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress that would provide flexible and common-sense relief from Hours of Service rules for agricultural haulers. The Responsible and Efficient Agriculture Destination Act would make sure that the current Hours of Service exemption that applies to the 150-air-mile radius from the source of […]

Food And Beverage Industry Urges Congress to Pass USMCA

Food and beverage industry workers recently sent more than 10,000 individual letters to Congress to urge passage of USMCA. The Corn Refiners Association says the letters emphasized the economic benefits USMCA will bring to the U.S. business community and consumers alike.  The letters are part of a grassroots effort by the association, along with several […]